‘Rebel Hero’, the lead single from DD Allen’s eagerly anticipated same-titled debut EP, is released today.
Written during Allen’s darkest times in lockdown, ‘Rebel Hero’ is the catalyst for a storybook of songs based on freedom, love, camaraderie, hope and nostalgia.
“At my lowest ebb, I got back into a book by Huey Morgan called Rebel Heroes. The heroes are the renegade artists of yesteryear, and Huey explains why we still need them. The stories about Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and others cut to the core. These amazing people endured incredible battles, and their lives were cut cruelly short in most cases. A wild free-spirit thing was happening, and everybody was in it for the music. Rereading the book put my problems into perspective. I started thinking less about what I didn’t have and more about what I could achieve. I realised that life is all about perceptions — how we interpret and personalise the things that matter. That’s when I started thinking about the new EP as a storybook centred on individual themes. And I wrote this song for Janis — the epitome of freedom.
‘Rebel Hero’ is out today 02 June 2023. The debut EP arrives 24 May 2024.